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    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Review gives Queensland workers’ compensation scheme big thumbs up

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Friday, June 29, 2018

    Review gives Queensland workers’ compensation scheme big thumbs up

    An independent review of Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme, tabled in Parliament today, has found the scheme is performing well and does not require major reform. 

    Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the review by Griffith University’s Professor David Peetz found the scheme is financially sound and provides fair treatment for both employers and injured workers.

    “With the scheme found to be running smoothly, there are no recommendations for major reform, but Professor Peetz has identified some opportunities to improve the process and experience for injured workers,” Ms Grace said.

    “Professor Peetz also explored emerging trends such as the gig economy and the changing face of employment and workers’ compensation coverage for these workers.

    “Written submissions were received from a broad range of stakeholders including trade unions, employer groups, legal representatives, medical and allied health associations and insurers.

    “The Government will now consider all 57 of Professor Peetz’s recommendations and all stakeholders will be consulted regarding any proposed improvements.”

    Under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act), the Minister must ensure the scheme is reviewed at least once every five years. Under this year’s review Professor Peetz has suggested:

    • extending workers’ compensation coverage to ensure workers employed within the rapidly expanding ‘gig’ economy are not disadvantaged
    • adopting the principles of the national Best Practice Framework for the Management of Psychological Claims in the Australian Workers’ Compensation Sector
    • providing greater support to rehabilitation and return to work coordinators at the workplace and ensuring they are appropriately qualified and identifiable to insurers and the Regulator.

    “I’d like to thank Professor Peetz for his time and effort on this important project to put Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme under the microscope,” Ms Grace said.

    “In the meantime, our workers’ compensation scheme continues to provide nation-leading coverage to workers at the lowest possible cost to business.

    “As I recently announced, WorkCover Queensland is maintaining the average premium rate for the next financial year at $1.20 per $100 in wages paid.

    “That means WorkCover is delivering the best possible return to work outcomes for more than 66,000 injured workers at the lowest cost for almost 160,000 Queensland employers and that makes it the best workers’ compensation provider in Australia.

    “In addition to the low premium rates, Queensland businesses have saved more than $61 million in premium discounts with WorkCover Queensland, with these savings set to continue in the 2018-19 financial year.”

    Premium discounts are offered to small and medium sized businesses employing apprentices and for all businesses which pay their premiums early. For more information visit https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/

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